ERIC Number: ED132549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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A Study of Verbal Language and Its Effect upon Language Understanding in Reading and Reading Attitudes.
Koe, Frank T., Jr.
Forty fourth-grade students participated in a study of the effects of intact-group versus small-group discussion on type and level of verbalization and on reading attitudes. The experimental group, divided in subgroups of five pupils each, discussed seven stories; the control group discussed the same stories as an intact class with teacher present. In both cases, discussion centered on nine supplied questions. Analysis of tapes of talk generated during equal time periods indicated no differences between experimental and control groups in content-centered words, non-content-centered words, thought units, or total number of learner-centered words. Significant differences, in favor of the experimental group, were found in attitudes toward reading. (Author/AA)
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 4, Group Discussion, Interaction Process Analysis, Intermediate Grades, Language Styles, Reading Research, Short Stories, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University